Brisbane South State Secondary College has welcomed its first batch of Year 7 students for 2021. However, about 65 percent of these 203 students are from outside the school’s catchment zone.
Based on data released by the Education Department, a similar scenario exists in another Brisbane inner-city school. In Fortitude Valley State Secondary College, 46.5 percent of this year’s enrolment is composed of out-of-catchment students.
The irony is that Brisbane South State Secondary College was constructed to ease pressure off Brisbane State High School, which still suffers from overcrowding. As of the latest data, BSHS received additional 90 students, pushing them to hold classes in the library.
Brisbane State High School school council chair David Gillespie said Brisbane South State Secondary College has not seemed to alleviate enrollment pressure off their school.
Despite this situation, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is hopeful that in-catchment enrolments will build as the new school establishes itself and its reputation in the local community. She believes the number of in-catchment students in Brisbane South State Secondary College would grow as more year levels are added.
About Brisbane South State Secondary College
Positioned at the heart of Brisbane’s Knowledge Corridor, the school opened with Year 7 for 2021 and plans to continue enrolments of Year 7 students each year as each level progresses, until the school reaches full enrolment for each grade in the future.
According to the school’s website, in-catchment applications and out-of-catchment expressions of interest and details for selective entry for 2022 will be available in Term 2 this year and will soon be advertised on their website, social media page, and newsletter.
In February 2021, the new inner-city state school opened their brand new laboratories and launched new programs, including Instrumental music lessons and band rehearsals to help students showcase their musical talents at events.
The school recently announced the ‘Adopt-a-cop’ program, which is intended to keep young people safe, by having access to the police. They also initiated a rewards program where students earn points for special acts of good behaviour and can ‘purchase’ items after saving those points up.